A Hazardous Occupation, by Lynne Mayers, subtitled 'Women and Girls of the Cornish Explosives Industries 1800-1920'
Published by Blaize Bailey Books in 2014, 78 pages. Paperback (N5863)
Brand New Book - has small price sticker on rear side cover
From the rear side cover: This book describes the work of women and girls in the gunpowder mills, safety fuse factories, high explosives and munitions works in Cornwall, between 1800 and 1920. It is estimated that at least 2000 were probably employed during this time. Accidents are described which resulted in the death of more than thirty, and caused life-'changing injuries to many others. Compared with the other mining industries of Cornwall, this level of female mortality was extremely high. The underlying causes of the accidents are examined in the light of varying management styles, effectiveness of employee training and the legislation of the day.
The book is illustrated throughout with several small black and white photographs, drawings and maps.